April 13, 2019
The head of the Suez Canal Authority and Chairman of the Economic Authority of the Canal, Mohab Mameesh, witnessed the crossing of the largest French aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, during his inspection of the Chanel’s navigation traffic, accompanied by a number of leaders of the armed forces who are responsible for securing the Suez Canal and its branches.
Admiral Mameesh assured that the New Suez Canal project has succeeded in improving the navigational services provided to the customers and gaining the confidence of the navigational society, thus reinforcing the international position of the Canal’s as the most important, fastest and shortest shipping routes connecting the East and the West. He praised the efficacy of the navigation procedures in securing the movement of international trade through the Suez Canal and protecting its facilities.
Admiral Mohab Mameesh greeted Mr. Stephat Rommet, French Ambassador in Cairo, who came especially to check on the safety of the French aircraft carrier. He expressed his sincere gratitude for the fruitful collaboration with the Suez Canal Authority, praising the efforts exerted to develop the canal and the efficiency of the insurance procedures which ensure the safe passage of the ships of the World Fleet. The Admiral confirmed that the new Suez Canal project has succeeded in improving the navigational services provided to customers and gaining the confidence of the navigational community, which has strengthened the international position of the Canal as the most important, fastest and shortest shipping routes connecting the East and the West. He praised the efficacy of the navigation procedures and the courage of the members of the Armed forces and Internal Security Forces in securing the movement of international trade through the Suez Canal and protecting its facilities. The Chanel’s traffic recorded 52 vessels crossing both directions, with a total load of 3.8 million tons. The number of vessels passing from the north was 25 ships with loads of 1.9 million tons, while 27 vessels crossed from the south of the new navigation course of the channel with loads of 1.9 million tons. It also witnessed the crossing of five giant vessels each with more than 150 thousand tons, while 9 large ships crossed carrying loads between 100 to 150 thousand tons per ship. The Panamanian container ship EVER GOLDEN, one of the largest container vessels in the world, headed from Netherlands to Sri Lanka with a load of 222,000 tons. The giant container ship CMA CGM KERGUELEN headed the ships coming from the south with a load of 180,000 tonne on its trip from Singapore to Algeria.